A Fairfax County judge has officially thrown out charges against a firefighter/EMT who struck a patient after the patient threatened to shoot him and then spat on him.
According to NBC-4, the September incident was caught on police body cam video.
The Police Department says officers had arrested the man, who identifies as homeless, though no official reason has been documented.
The man was being transported to the hospital after he suffered some injuries. The three firefighter/EMTs in this incident, including the now cleared Andrew Cruikshank, had to restrain the man in order to treat him.
During the transport, the man said several verbal threats against the officers and EMTs, tried to force his way out of his restraints, and then spat on one of the EMTs.
That’s when Cruikshank struck the man once in the body.
During the trial, Cruikshank described the events that happened and claimed the punch was made in self-defense. The judge accepted his answer and threw out the case.
Cruikshank was placed on administrative leave after the incident in question and remains there, though his lawyer says with the acquittal his client is petitioning to rejoin active service.
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